Spot the switch in this:
Professor Nordstrom, whose study is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, said: ‘Unfit normal-weight individuals had a 30 per cent lower risk of death from any cause than fit obese individuals.
‘Low aerobic fitness in late adolescence is associated with an increased risk of early death.
‘Furthermore, the risk of early death was higher in fit obese individuals than unfit normal weight individuals.’
He said the findings contradicted the belief that ‘obese individuals can fully compensate mortality risk by being physically fit’.
Professor Nordstrom said that being slim – having a low body mass index (BMI), a measure of obesity – was more crucial in preventing early death than keeping fit.
‘These results suggest that low BMI early in life is more important than high physical fitness, with regard to reducing the risk of early death.’ he added.
Around two-thirds of adults in Britain are overweight or obese, and the UK’s rates are amongst the worst in Europe.
Yes, that’s right. The finding is about obesity. And then they tack “overweight” onto it.